TORONTO (AP)—The Minnesota Twins had only one reserve for Wednesday’s game. It was enough.
Torii Hunter, Michael Ryan and Henry Blanco singled off Toronto closer Terry Adams (3-3) before LeCroy came to the plate in place of Alex Prieto. He sent his first homer of the season over the center-field wall to put Minnesota ahead.
“What was amazing about it, was that I was the only guy left on the bench because everybody was hurt,” LeCroy said.
“That’s a big win,” LeCroy said. “Had we lost, it could have turned a good trip into a bad one.”
The Twins went 4-2 on their trip.
It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Minnesota since Greg Colbrunn’s against the Blue Jays on Aug. 4, 1997.
“Guys who wouldn’t normally hug, we’re hugging,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. “It’s a big win for us. We probably didn’t deserve it, but if you keep playing nine innings good things happen.”
“We stole a win,” Nathan said. “Down three runs in the ninth, nobody is expecting us to get this win. It’s huge because we get to go home 4-2 before we play Chicago.”
Minnesota has trailed in 16 of its 24 wins.
Despite the dramatic way Toronto lost the game, Adams was staying positive.
“I’m not demoralized at all. It’s a game,” Adams said. “I’ll go home tonight and play with my son. I’ll come back tomorrow. It’s just tough, you know, but that’s the life of a closer. You come in and you blow it, and everything is on your shoulders, and you lose a game.”
Wells gave the Blue Jays a 5-2 lead in the seventh when he hit a two-run single off Juan Rincon.
Jose Offerman tied it in the sixth with a two-run double.
The Twins host a four-game series against their division rival, the Chicago White Sox, starting Thursday. … Attendance was 25,675. About 14,000 school children attended the game. … The Blue Jays have homered just onceover their last nine games.